Yesterday at Gamescom, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has revealed that the Assassins’ Creed franchise won’t see another new release in 2019. After Assassins’ Creed Syndicate, the franchise broke the long running tradition of annual releases to focus on unique and quality content.
He explained that the reason Origins and Odyssey came out in quick succession with just a yearlong gap is because they were both being developed simultaneously by two different studios.
On Assassin’s, we had a game [in 2018] and we have one this year, but we are not going to have a full-fledged Assassin’s next year. It’s just because the team were working separately, so we have two games now, one year after the other. But next year you’re not going to have a fully fledged one.
What you’ll have is lots of content coming on [Assassin’s Creed Odyssey]. The team really want to give, on a regular basis, some new possibilities for play, so when you get [Odyssey] this year, you’re going to get in for a couple of years, actually. [The time] gave the team the possibility to really bring what they wanted to.
The community has been responding very well to it and when I see what we are bringing with Odyssey I know that the community that got back in with Origins will be amazed.Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO
He further confirmed that there won’t be any spin-offs or smaller titles in the coming year either. Instead, the team will work to regularly release content for Odyssey in an attempt to keep the players engaged for a good couple of years.
I don’t know how well all that is going to work, given Ubisoft’s reputation in the post-launch phase isn’t all that shiny. However, I do know that with Assassins’ Creed Odyssey, the AC franchise is taking a big step to integrate more and more RPG mechanics into the series. Origins did it on a smaller scale, but it’s sequel is going all out.
Odyssey will be set in Ancient Greece, back when the city states of Greece, Athens and Sparta were in constant conflict with each other and when not, then with the Ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire. This is the first time an Assassins’ Creed game gives the player the option to choose between a male and a female protagonist as well as romance other characters.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches on October 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.